With slick roads, harsh gusts of wind, and limited visibility, biking during a rainy spell can prove more daunting than a joyous, sun-kissed ride. And is it OK to ride or drive in the rain with your e-bike? The resounding answer is YES, but we have to reach some requirements.
But so as you know, riding an e-bike in the rain will affect your and passers' safety because cycling in rainy weather can easily cause traffic accidents. So, it is forbidden. However, if you must ride an electric bike to get out on a drizzling day. Here are some tips for you:
1. Choose The Right Waterproof Level
The International Electrotechnical Commission has delineated the Ingress Protection (IP) code as a standard to measure the extent of safeguarding electronic gadgets against water, dust, and accidental contact. As per Sonderegger's assertions, it is advisable to refrain from riding electric bikes with an IP rating below IP55 in situations involving constant rain.
But there is one big DON'T.
Under no circumstance is riding an e-bike through deep water areas recommended. In cases when traversing through such areas becomes mandatory, it is highly recommended to deactivate the electric system before proceeding either on foot or by bike.
2. Use Fenders
Fenders are an essential accessory when riding an e-bike in the rain. They attach to the front and rear wheels of the bike and prevent mud, water, and debris from spraying onto the rider, ensuring a dry and clean ride. In addition, fenders help to minimize the likelihood of slipping and skidding on wet, slippery surfaces, providing vital stability as you pedal through the downpour.
Every Troxus e-bike is equipped with aluminum front and rear fenders. The aluminum alloy is more durable and easier to clean.
3. Use Front Lights And Taillights
When riding during times of low visibility, especially in the rain, it becomes imperative to prioritize safety measures such as using front and tail lights to ensure you are visible to all other vehicles on the road. While enjoying your electric bike ride, being cautious and alert is essential, as sharing the road with other cars can increase difficulty spotting a fellow cyclist.
Before heading out for your ride, please check the availability of front lights and taillights before riding. To ensure depending safety on rainy days.
Troxus e-bikes have quality lights. They don't require additional charging and will work if the car battery has power. The taillights support the double flashing effect when braking so that people behind you can see you for the first time.
4. Lower The Tire Pressure
Optimizing the tire pressure of your electric bike is a prudent measure to enhance your riding experience, particularly in inclement weather conditions. While the standard recommended tire pressure of 100 psi is adequate for smooth terrains, a reduced pressure of about 90 psi may be ideal for bumpy terrains. To augment the bike's grip on wet and slippery surfaces, decrements of the tire pressure to about ten psi will suffice.
This straightforward yet effective measure increases the tire's contact patch with the road, boosting the bike's traction for a safer ride.
5. Wear Appropriate
Wear waterproof or water-resistant clothing to keep yourself dry. You can also wear a rain jacket or a poncho to keep the rain off your upper body. Also, waterproofing electric bicycle accessories is essential to protect them from damage in rainy weather. If your supplement doesn't come with a waterproof case, you can use a waterproof bag to protect it. Just place the accessory inside the bag and seal it.
And after you finish riding, please dry your bike off to prevent rust and corrosion. You can use a towel or a blower to eliminate excess water. Make sure to clean and dry your accessories thoroughly. It will help prevent damage from moisture buildup.
Although most electric bicycles are suitable for riding on rainy days, please reduce the number of rides in the rain to increase the use of electric bikes. Riding in heavy rain is prohibited as it can easily cause damage to the e-bike.